Why That Big Twist on The Good Wife Is a Breakthrough for TV

The show has sent the message that its female lead’s story will not be driven by her love interests.

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"Today’s Girls Love Pink Bows as Playthings, but These Shoot" claims a recent New York Times article about archery’s current pop culture moment, thanks to the Hunger Games trilogy and Disney’s “Brave.” But as these 1940s images from the University of Iowa suggest, the latest resurgence is part of a longer tradition of female participation in the sport:

[Archery] had been a popular female sport for many centuries, with such famous archers as Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I. Women’s participation in archery did not breech any standards of propriety for young students. Archery was elegant and graceful, and women could participate outdoors, while corseted and dressed fashionably, and without having to wear the shocking bloomers… [Student experimentation] in competitive, individual sports such as fencing, archery, tennis, golf, and bicycling… were important for paving the way to more competitive and vigorous women’s sports. — Bright Epoch: Women and Coeducation in the American West by Andrea G. Radke-Moss

Iowa Digital Library: Archery series, University of Iowa Physical Education for Women digital collection

Iowa Women’s Archives: Guide to the University of Iowa Department of Physical Education for Women Records, 1900-2006

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This is the only sport I was ever any good at. — tanya b.

Four distinct cognitive modes emerge from how the top-brain and bottom-brain systems can interact. The degree to which each of the brain systems is used spans a continuum, ranging from highly utilized to minimally utilized.

Mover Mode results when the top- and bottom-brain systems are both highly utilized. When people think in this mode, they are inclined to make and act on plans (using the top-brain system) and to register the consequences of doing so (using the bottom-brain system), subsequently adjusting plans on the basis of feedback. Ac­cording to our theory, people who habitually rely on Mover Mode typically are most comfortable in positions that allow them to plan, act, and see the consequences of their actions.

Perceiver Mode results when the bottom-brain system is highly utilized but the top-brain system is not. When people think in this mode, they use the bottom-brain system to try to make sense of what they perceive in depth; they interpret what they experience, put it in context, and try to understand the implications. However, by definition, people who are operating in Perceiver Mode do not often initiate detailed or complex plans.

Stimulator Mode results when the top-brain system is highly uti­lized but the bottom-brain system is not. According to our theory, when people rely on Stimulator Mode they may be creative and original, but they do not always know when “enough is enough”—their actions can be disruptive, and they may not adjust their behav­ior appropriately.

Adaptor Mode results when neither the top- nor the bottom-brain system is highly utilized. People who are thinking in this mode are not caught up in initiating plans, nor are they fully focused on classifying and interpreting what they experience. Instead, our theory predicts that they are open to becoming absorbed by local events and immediate imperatives. They should tend to be action-oriented, and responsive to ongoing situations.

Forget the left brain vs. right brain divide – a new theory of cognitive modeexplains human personality by dividing the brain into top and bottom. (And yet, and yet, let’s not get too carried away with the concept of “personality.”)

The Listicle, a Self-Examination ›



Among the various breeds of online brain-candy, by far one of the most insidious is the so-called Listicle. A portmanteau of “list” and “article,” the word sounds like what would result if you tattooed your grocery list on a particular part of the male anatomy (which would probably fit right…

A video that shows why teachers are going out of their minds ›


From the Post’s Valerie Strauss:

The video below is not a parody. It shows Chicago Public School teachers in a professional development session that will make you understand why teachers are going out of their minds and to what extent administrators have infantilized teachers.

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We are preoccupied with effort, the importance of working, striving, and trying. Three-year-olds attend drill sessions to get an edge on admission to the best preschool and then grow into hypercompetitive high school students popping Ritalin to enhance their test results and keep up with a brutal schedule of after-school activities. … we too often devote ourselves to pushing harder or moving faster in areas of our life where effort and striving are, in fact, profoundly counterproductive.

Edward Slingerland on the art of not trying. (via utnereader)


Is Roundup the Cause of ‘Gluten Intolerance’?

A compelling new peer-reviewed report from two U.S. scientists argues that increased use of Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide (trade name Roundup) could be the cause of the epidemic of symptoms labeled as “gluten intolerance.”

Reposted with permission from the Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology

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Eyes on the South: Becky Harlan

There are two rivers that flow through Washington, D.C. The Anacostia is the Essau of the two, the overlooked twin—grittier than the Potomac, less loved, feared even. Its eight and a half miles are a ribbon of neglect, abuse, and possibility, flowing through a neighborhood that shares its name. Anacostia experiences strong segregation—approximately ninety-five percent of its residents are African American—unemployment rates are close to twenty percent, and it maintains a reputation of poverty, crime, and underdevelopment. For many in D.C., the river serves as the proverbial set of railroad tracks, with a right side and a wrong side. To those living west of it, anything “east of the River” might as well be a different country. 

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This week, Tennessee photographer Becky Harlan takes us to the community around the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.

How Always Being Busy Makes You Dumber ›


"Feeling like you have a scarce sense of time will tunnel your vision toward getting the most done as fast as possible—rather than attending to long-term goals."

If we really want to prevent future crises, it’s not going to be a matter of shutting down every time there’s a scary weather forecast, but investing in longer-term solutions to our sprawl.